[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 6-22-1989 by Ord. No. 19-89. Section 86-5 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
On and after the effective date of this chapter, no person, firm or corporation or paid employee thereof shall keep or maintain for hire or profit, by commission or otherwise, directly or indirectly, any amusement devices in any public or quasi-public place where the public is invited or may enter in the Township of Hanover unless said amusement devices comply with the following requirements:
For purposes of administering this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Any machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, token, plate, disc or key into a slot, crevice or other opening, or by the payment of any price, is operated or may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment or amusement, whether or not registering a score, and shall include, without limitation, such devices as marble machines, skill ball, pinball, mechanical games or contrivances commonly known as "baseball," "hockey," "basketball," "football," "target shooting" or "bowling" or any similarly named device or any device which utilizes an electronic display to reproduce symbolic figures and lines intended to be representative of real games or activities.
Prior to the issuance of any license for an automatic amusement device(s), it shall be the responsibility of the Township's Detective Bureau to make an inspection of the business location and certify to the Township Clerk the number of automatic amusement devices to be licensed and located on the premises noted in the application. In addition, it shall also be the responsibility of the Detective Bureau to conduct periodic on-site inspections of each premise issued a license to make certain that said premises have not increased the number of amusement devices above that number which have been licensed by the Township. Any license for an amusement device(s) issued in accordance with provisions of this chapter shall be subject to revocation for the placement, operation or maintenance of any additional amusement devices above those permitted under the license issued by the Township Clerk.
The proprietor of the premises where the automatic amusement device is to be installed shall, before the installation of any machine, make written application to the Township Clerk, on a form prescribed by the Township Clerk for a license for each automatic amusement device to be so installed in the premises. Such application shall state:
The name, residence address and social security number of the proprietor and the business location where the automatic amusement device is to be installed.
The number and type of automatic amusement devices to be kept.
The name and address of the persons, firm or corporation owning the automatic amusement devices.
The serial numbers and descriptions of the automatic amusement devices to be licensed.
The application shall be accompanied by a license fee, as provided in Chapter 125, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover, for each coin-operated amusement device to be licensed. Licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year and shall be renewed during the month of December each year by filing a written application for renewal with the Township Clerk. The application shall contain the statement required by this chapter. The fee for any license issued for an automatic amusement device installed in any establishment in any calendar year after July 1 shall be 1/2 of the license fee for that year. There shall also be a late penalty assessed as provided in Chapter 125, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover.
The license issued for each automatic amusement device shall contain the serial number and description of the automatic amusement device, and the license shall be firmly attached in a conspicuous place on the automatic amusement device so that the license shall be easily and quickly readable and the automatic amusement device identified, and no such device shall be placed, operated, maintained or used in the premises unless and until this is done.
It shall be unlawful to place, operate or maintain any automatic amusement device within the Township of Hanover that in any way violates any provision of the Township Land Use Ordinance or this chapter.
In the event that any licensee shall be convicted of any offense under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, or any offense under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, the license of such person shall be forthwith canceled, and any automatic amusement device shall not be thereafter kept, operated, maintained or used in the licensed premises, and each automatic amusement device shall be forthwith removed from the premises.
If any such automatic amusement device is so kept, operated, maintained or used in the licensed premises after the license is canceled under this section, it shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.
The word "person," as used in this section, shall, in the case of a corporate applicant or licensee, refer to and include any officer or director of such corporation.
No license shall be issued under this chapter to any person who has made in his application any misstatement or misrepresentation, and, in the event that any license has been issued under any false application, the license shall be immediately canceled, and the automatic amusement device shall not be thereafter kept, operated, maintained or used in the premises, and the automatic amusement device(s) shall be forthwith removed from the premises.
If any such automatic device is so kept, operated, maintained or used in the licensed premises after the license is canceled under this section, it shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.
No licensee shall offer any prize or other reward to any person playing any such automatic amusement device, nor shall any licensee permit any said automatic amusement device to be used for gambling purposes, and no prizes or return of any money, except in the case of a device malfunction, shall be allowed.
Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
No license shall be granted for any automatic amusement device which shall be in the nature of a gambling device or machine or for any automatic amusement device which states thereon that there is any prize or the return of any money, or no such automatic amusement device shall be placed, operated, maintained or used in the premises.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Township Clerk with the assistance of the Police Department, Construction Code Official and Zoning Officer.